We are now able to identify and name a variety of animals and their habitats, we have had the opportunity to explore how these animals have adapted and categorised sea creatures into groups of reptiles, mammals and fish. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the Sea Life Centre, where we were able to see some of the animals that we had been learning about in class. We now understand the basic needs of all living things and can compare things that are living, dead or have never been alive.
As part of our topic, we have been finding out about significant people from the past… we began with Christopher Columbus and discovered all about his voyages across the oceans, we then moved our sights from the ocean to the sky and were fascinated to learn about the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart. We visited the Jet Age Museum to find out about Gloucestershire’s links with the history of aviation. Finally, we reached the Moon with our studies on Neil Armstrong and thoroughly enjoyed immersing ourselves in space life by trying space food made for real astronauts!
We have discovered the true meaning of self-belief and why it is so important, setting our own goals for our time in Year 2, which we have sealed in a jar and will open again at the end of the year. We each wrote our own messages of self-belief to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
We have challenged our understanding of ‘being responsible’ by thinking about our responsibilities for not only ourselves, our school and our home, but the world around us, including the oceans and animals. We thoroughly enjoyed turning the classroom into a newsroom and reporting on the pollution in the oceans and sharing ideas on how we can all take responsibility for looking after our oceans.
We designed and made our own sea creatures, with moving parts, to fill our classroom aquarium. After discovering the effects of plastic in the oceans, we also made kites using recycled plastic bags to take outside and fly in the wind. We used recycled bottle tops to create beautiful piece of art to display outside our classrooms and brighten up the outside area. And most recently we designed and built our own moon buggies with moving wheels.